Having just scored a goal at Toronto with the blood-soaked hockey pic "Goon," Judd Apatow-stalwart Jay Baruchel ("Knocked Up," "Tropic Thunder") now seems bent on dominating all sports comedies.
After writing and co-starring in "Goon," Baruchel is following up with a baseball-centered story with an international twist. According to Variety he'll adapt the 2005 non-fiction book "Baseballissimo," which follows writer/musician Dave Bidini and his family as they explore Nettuno, known as the baseball capital of Italy, where fanaticism for the sport is so high the townspeople give children baseball gloves and bats at their first communion.
Switching from Canada's favorite pastime to America's should be a fairly easy transition for Baruchel, especially since Bidini is a fellow Canuck whose sense of humor seems to gel with the 29-year-old's.
Who will play Bidini is another matter. It will be interesting to see who they go with to portray the family man who follows the team Serie B Peones while getting in touch with his inner Italian. Bidini has already flown Baruchel and his co-writer Jesse Chabot out to get a taste of it themselves.
"Bidini felt it was really important for Jay and Jesse to experience the town and meet the manager of the local baseball team," said producer David Miller.